Match ends, Bristol City 1, Derby County 0.
Wayne Rooney can take "plenty of positives" despite tasting defeat in his first game as a manager, according to his Derby County co-caretaker boss Liam Rosenior.
Former England striker Rooney took over joint control of the side last week, but was unable to inspire the bottom-of-the-table Rams on the pitch or off as they lost a tight contest to Bristol City at Ashton Gate.
Rooney, 35, impressed in his midfield role, but his side created few clear-cut chances.
And City, who have now won three in a row, took all the points with a well-worked winner when Famara Diedhiou smashed the ball low past David Marshall with 12 minutes remaining.
Rosenior, part of a four-strong interim coaching team alongside Rooney, Shay Given and Justin Walker following Phillip Cocu's sacking, said: "The players gave us everything and we are proud of them.
"Apart from the goal, I don't think Bristol created a worthwhile chance. We may not have had too many clear openings ourselves but we got the ball into dangerous areas on countless occasions.
"Wayne showed again what a great player he still is. But it is not about me or him at the moment, it is about four of us doing our utmost to bring the best out of the lads.
"We all have an equal say and that will continue. We have some very good players to work with, which is very important, and there were plenty of positives."
Derby fire blanks again
Defeat was harsh on the visitors, who remain on six points, having managed just one Championship win in 12 so far this season.
But impressive as their build-up play was, their inability to take what few openings they forged, once again cost them dear - as it ultimately did with Cocu, who won just 21 of his 65 games in charge.
Rooney, who has said he wants the Rams job on a full-time basis, was a key man on the pitch, orchestrating proceedings and leaving the in-game touchline decisions to Rosenior, Given and Walker.
Martyn Waghorn had an early volley brilliantly saved by City keeper Daniel Bentley, while Max Bird missed Derby's best chance after the break, shooting wide when well placed.
But City, who climb to third in the table, proved more clinical in front of goal and the winner was delightfully created.
Diedhiou made the breakthrough in a game that saw just five efforts on target, grabbing his first goal of the season with a low shot into the bottom corner after showing neat control from a fine run and cross by the impressive Antoine Semenyo.
Derby have scored just five league goals this season and they did not come close to adding to their meagre tally in the closing stages.
Bristol City head coach Dean Holden, whose team's preparations were hit by a Covid-19 outbreak at their training ground:
"To play like that after only one and a half day's training this week was an unbelievable effort by the players.
"I can't stress too much how well they did in the circumstances. During an international break you normally have two weeks to build up to the next game.
"There was concern about the health of many players and staff, but they all responded professionally and the team looked solid and well-organised throughout.
"Derby should be at the other end of the table with the players they have. We were up against one of the best players England has ever produced in Wayne Rooney and he showed how great he still is on the ball."
- 10PatersonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRoweat 90+4'minutes
- 11O'DowdaSubstituted forBruntat 69'minutes
- 7MartinSubstituted forDiédhiouat 69'minutes
- 21WellsSubstituted forMooreat 83'minutes
- 12ByrneSubstituted forHector-Ingramat 88'minutes
- 26BuchananBooked at 58mins
- 8BirdSubstituted forSibleyat 81'minutes
- 25HolmesSubstituted forWhittakerat 72'minutes
- Keith Stroud
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Bristol City 1, Derby County 0.
Attempt missed. Jason Knight (Derby County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Lawrence with a cross.
Attempt missed. Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the right wing is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Antoine Semenyo with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Matthew Clarke (Derby County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.
Substitution, Bristol City. Tommy Rowe replaces Jamie Paterson.
Attempt missed. Chris Brunt (Bristol City) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Dasilva.
Attempt saved. Morgan Whittaker (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wayne Rooney.
Louie Sibley (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City).
Substitution, Derby County. Jahmal Hector-Ingram replaces Nathan Byrne.
Foul by Wayne Rooney (Derby County).
Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Bristol City. Taylor Moore replaces Nahki Wells.
Lee Buchanan (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City).
Substitution, Derby County. Louie Sibley replaces Max Bird.
Foul by Lee Buchanan (Derby County).
Antoine Semenyo (Bristol City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Goal! Bristol City 1, Derby County 0. Famara Diédhiou (Bristol City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antoine Semenyo.